Flaxseed contains soluble fiber, and may have a laxativelaxativean agent that stimulates bowel movement and relieves constipation effective.
The use of flaxseed to reduce cholesterol, promote heart health, and prevent cancer all lack reliable evidence.
Flaxseed products seem to be well tolerated and few side effects have been reported. Flaxseed should be taken with plenty of water as it contains fiber; otherwise, it can worsen constipation or, in rare cases, even cause intestinal blockage. Both flaxseed and flaxseed oil can cause diarrhea.
Flaxseed can alter the way your body absorbs certain medications and should not be taken at the same time as any conventional oral medications or other dietary supplements.
Before taking any new medications, including natural health products, speak to your physician, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Tell your health care provider about any natural health products you may be taking.